Tough recovery from Masters surrender: Spieth

Jordan Spieth at Oakmont Country Club on Wednesday, where he said he has learnt "to laugh about" his Masters meltdown.
Jordan Spieth at Oakmont Country Club on Wednesday, where he said he has learnt "to laugh about" his Masters meltdown.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Jordan Spieth says he has come to terms with his shocking Masters meltdown with the help of family and close friends, and is ready to challenge for the year's second golf Major, next month's US Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania.

The American world No. 2 was five strokes ahead with nine holes to play in his title defence at last month's Masters but astonishingly ran up a quadruple bogey at the par-three 12th as he threw away the coveted green jacket.

"It was 75 per cent you have to do it yourself; and then 25 per cent relying on my team, family, friends," Spieth told a news conference at Oakmont on Wednesday when asked how he had recovered from his Masters experience.

"And then mentors, messages I get from mentors, pretty much saying, 'Hey, you've been in contention six out of the last eight Majors, won a couple of them.

"Something like that, the wrong miss at the wrong time, is bound to happen at some point.

"I had the same exact miss at the US Open last year. On 17, I made double bogey and kind of squeaked it out at the end, but that was potentially the same kind of experience as the Masters. You're going to be on the good end and bad end.

"I'm not taking it very hard. I laugh about (the Masters) now, I really do. But it will keep coming up. I understand that. And it's tough every time it comes up. It was very tough to go through."

Double Major winner Spieth is looking forward to his US Open title defence at Oakmont Country Club from June 16-19 on a layout he described as "a very tough but fair test" of golf.

"I learnt a lot off of just playing a round and a half here," the 22-year-old said after playing the back nine in practice on Tuesday before completing all 18 holes on Wednesday.

"These bunkers here may as well be bunkers in the UK. They may as well be pot bunkers. You just kind of have to hit sideways out of them for the most part.

"It's going to be a challenge. Especially if you fall behind early, you're going to want to try and make up shots here, and, in any US Open, you can't try and make up shots. You've just got to let the golf course come to you."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2016, with the headline 'Tough recovery from Masters surrender: Spieth'. Print Edition | Subscribe